January 30, 2014

Masks for Beauty - Montagne Jeuness Sheet Masque

Not long ago, I received a Dead Sea Mud Spa sheet masque by Montagne Jeunesse in my Influenster box. I gave one away for a giveaway several months ago, but I never tested it out for myself! I love face masks. I have 4 full size bottles of clay masks and several deluxe samples and a small box full of foil samples. So needless to say, I was very excited to try out this sheet mask!

This is a mud infused fabric masque that contains real mud, dead sea and sea kelp and is supposed to be an "Extraordinary Cleansing Experience!"

"Breath life back into skin with intensely invigorating & revitalizing Dead Sea Minerals. We've harvested the oceans nutrient rich Seaweed & Kelp right from the source - A satisfying boost for thirsty skin & then some!"

Since my skin was feeling particularly dry this winter, I thought that this would be perfect.

Upon opening of the package, a slightly strong smell greets your nostrils. It's seems to be a mixture of Dead Sea (or so one would think) and ...chlorine? There's no chlorine, but the strength of the smell brings back memories of being at a friend's pool (you know, that friend who's parents always put a little too much chlorine in). I'm guessing this is what Natural smells like (or maybe Sea Salt as that is one of the ingredients).

Taking the mask out, there is mud/serum/goo all over the place - the mask is drenched in it. While carefully unfolding the mask, you notice cut-out shapes that could vaguely pass as eyes, nose and a mouth. You carefully apply it to your face, noticing that it's quite cold on the skin and trying to match up the holes with your corresponding facial features.

Once you have everything lined up, the realization that the mask is a little too big sets in. Try to gently pat it evenly onto your skin, trying to get every millimeter of skin covered and avoid getting it in your hair. Just not going to work. Hope no one decides to walk in at this point!

After washing hands of the residue, it's time to relax for 10-15 minutes. Best thing to do was nothing. Stay still. I was slightly afraid of it falling off. I got to relax, but not that long. About 7 minutes after having the mask on, my cheeks felt really cold. It was almost like it was so cold that it was slightly tingly. Very odd since I don't have sensitive skin and I've never had any kind of reaction. I tried to tough it out a little longer, but took it off at about the 10 minute mark.

After rubbing in the extra serum/goo, residue is left all over your skin and hands. You actually need to rinse after removing the mask and massaging the extra.

My skin felt clean and smooth, but not quite moisturized.

For a mask that is supposed to be more convenient that the standard clay masks, I think this is a bust. Application is slightly shorter, however you're trying to get it evenly on your face but that's not quite easy with a mask that's too big. I also feel like there's some product being wasted because of it's one-size-fits-all size (not much, but it wouldn't have any waste with a traditional clay mask). Can't really multi-task while wearing the mask (look down to shave your legs might result in loose spots or the mask falling off - that could just be my fear though). Once your time's up, you have to massage it in and rinse.  A normal clay mask you just need to rinse.

Overall, I don't care for it. I'll be skipping their sheet/fabric masks, however I really enjoyed a peeling mask from them a while back, so I'm not writing off the company.


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